Many people find themselves nervous before a trip in terms of what it means for their staying in shape and working out. Luckily, there are many ways to overcome this struggle and not lose your shape or fitness progress while traveling.
Here are some of the best workouts and tips for maintaining fitness during your time abroad:
HIIT can be done anywhere and anytime.
You can use fitness apps during your travels to help track your workouts, hold yourself accountable, and follow guided sessions created by fitness instructors. The 30 Day Fitness Challenge app, for example, has a lot of different kinds of workouts, including some great cardio exercises for men.
You can get an effective workout in while getting some vitamin D with a workout at the playground. Especially if you are on family travel, this is a great way for your kids to have their playtime and for you to get in a workout at the same time.
Runs are generally a lot more fun when you are running somewhere with a pretty view. So go for a sightseeing run in your new destination so you can check out some different areas and also get a workout in. You can find spots you’d like to return to later or simply check off neighborhoods and landmarks that you wanted to see. Not all destinations are set up for runners, however, so be sure to check this out before your travels as well as recommended running trails.
Walk whenever you can
One of the best ways to get to know a new destination is by foot. This way you can venture off to any side streets you want, avoid time constrictions, and not be limited by transport routes. Walking is also a great way to get movement in, and many find that for the types of trips where they are consistently exploring, they actually walk more on holiday than they do while in their daily routines.
Be careful of what you eat
Experiencing local foods is an essential part when it comes to traveling in order to get to know the local culture. While you want to experience it, it doesn’t mean you have to overindulge or eat foods that you know don’t make you feel great.
Drink a lot of water
Hydration is crucial for your health, and you don’t want to let your water intake slide while traveling. Especially if you travel via airplane, you want to actually boost your intake. Bring along a reusable water bottle to make it easier on you! Many places of accommodation have a fill station that you can use.
Keep your snacks healthy
Especially if you are a snacker, it is all too easy to go for an unhealthy snack when you get hungry on a trip. So think ahead, bring some of your favorite snacks from home, and stop by a grocery store upon arrival to your destination so you can keep your snack stash full and healthy. If you are in a pinch while out, swing by a market or a grocery store and pick up some fresh fruit or vegetable and maybe add in a dip such as hummus or almond butter for a protein boost.
It is not hard at all to stay in shape while traveling, especially if you apply a few pieces of advice. In the end, the most important thing is that you relax, have fun and enjoy your trip. Plus, if you stress about staying in shape, rather than naturally incorporating it into your travels, the increased stress hormones you’ll get from this will only work against you!